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  Falcons | Deion Jones will not play    Fri Aug 17, 04:50 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones will not play in the second preseason game Friday, Aug. 17, because of a coach's decision.

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  Bears | Roquan Smith limited again    Thu Aug 16, 06:42 PM

Chicago Bears LB Roquan Smith received limited snaps for the second straight practice Thursday, Aug. 16. Head coach Matt Nagy said he was happy with how Smith performed during practice Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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  49ers | Plethora of 49ers will be held out    Thu Aug 16, 03:24 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Arik Armstead (hamstring), RB Matt Breida (shoulder), OT Garry Gilliam (concussion), TE George Kittle (shoulder), WR Max McCaffrey (undisclosed), RB Jerick McKinnon (calf), CB Richard Sherman (hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (leg), DE Solomon Thomas (concussion) and CB K'Waun Williams (ankle) are not expected to play in Week 2 of the preseason.

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K'Waun Williams player page
Arik Armstead player page
Solomon Thomas player page
George Kittle player page
Matt Breida player page


  Cowboys | Leighton Vander Esch sitting out    Thu Aug 16, 02:25 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch (groin) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 16.

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  Cowboys | Leighton Vander Esch day-to-day    Wed Aug 15, 09:41 PM

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch (groin) suffered a groin injury during practice Wednesday, Aug. 15, and is considered day-to-day.

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  Cowboys | Leighton Vander Esch exits practice    Wed Aug 15, 09:18 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch (undisclosed) left practice Wednesday, Aug. 15, after suffering an undisclosed injury. Vander Esch walked off the field slowly after the injury.

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  Bengals | Several Bengals miss practice    Wed Aug 15, 06:49 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Cody Core (undisclosed), DT Josh Tupou (knee), LB Vincent Rey (ankle) and LB Vontaze Burfict (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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Vontaze Burfict player page
Cody Core player page


  Bears | Another Roquan Smith note    Tue Aug 14, 10:06 AM

Updating an earlier report, Chicago Bears LB Roquan Smith's guarantees void if the league office suspends him for three or more games for an on-field act.

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  Bears | More on Roquan Smith    Tue Aug 14, 08:14 AM

Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears LB Roquan Smith will sign his four-year, $18.4 million deal Tuesday, Aug. 14, according to sources. The deal includes an $11.5 million signing bonus and a fifth-year option.

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  Ravens | No leader for WLB job    Mon Aug 13, 02:16 PM

Baltimore Ravens LBs Patrick Onwuasor and Kenny Young have been competing for the starting weakside linebacker job, and defense coordinator Don Martindale said the competition is even at this point. Martindale said the team could rotate Onwuasor and Young at the position during the season.

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Kenny Young player page


  Cardinals | Gerald Hodges lands in Arizona    Sun Aug 12, 04:45 PM

Free-agent LB Gerald Hodges (Saints) signed an undisclosed deal with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Aug. 12.

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  Broncos | Three Broncos nicked in practice    Wed Aug 8, 02:27 PM

Denver Broncos LB Todd Davis (sternum) took a helmet to the sternum during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Meanwhile, OT Menelik Watson (pectoral) was dealing with a sore pectoral muscle, while LB Joseph Jones (foot) is battling a sprained foot.

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  Titans | Nate Palmer reverts to IR    Tue Aug 7, 07:18 PM

Tennessee Titans LB Nate Palmer (undisclosed) reverted to the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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  Titans | Tennessee adds two players    Tue Aug 7, 04:36 PM

Free-agent TE Jerome Cunningham (Titans) and LB Brandon Chubb (Lions) signed with the Tennessee Titans Tuesday, Aug. 7. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also released TE Phillip Supernaw and placed LB Nate Palmer (undisclosed) on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Jerome Cunningham player page


  Packers | Green Bay makes several roster moves    Mon Aug 6, 01:03 PM

Green Bay Packers LB Jake Ryan (knee) and LB C.J. Johnson (undisclosed) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 6. The team also signed free-agent RB Akeem Judd (Jets) to an undisclosed contract and released OG Ethan Cooper.

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  Chiefs | Reggie Ragland practicing Sunday    Sun Aug 5, 10:29 AM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Reggie Ragland (knee) will practice for the first time Sunday, Aug. 5.

Footballguys view: Ragland's absence from camp has been precautionary as he had some swelling and irritation after flights and workouts. He should be fine but we'll watch his return for any signs of lingering issues.

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  Cardinals | Deone Bucannon day-to-day    Sun Aug 5, 09:59 AM

Arizona Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon (knee) is considered day-to-day because of a hyperextended left knee, according to head coach Steve Wilks.

Footballguys view: This is great news after an injury scare to one of the crucial players in the Cardinals defense as it goes through a scheme change.

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  Chiefs | Several played banged up in camp    Sat Aug 4, 04:47 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Tanoh Kpassagnon (heel) and CB Keith Reaser (quadriceps) were limited to a partial practice Saturday, Aug. 4, while WR Marcus Kemp (ankle), DL Derrick Nnadi (elbow) and LB Reggie Ragland (knee) did not practice and S Leon McQuay III (hamstring) was forced to leave early.

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Reggie Ragland player page
Tanoh Kpassagnon player page


  Steelers | Tyler Matakevich a starter for now    Sat Aug 4, 01:55 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Tyler Matakevich is listed as one of the starting inside linebackers on the team's first depth chart.

Footballguys view: The Steelers didn't make any big moves to replace Ryan Shazier this offseason, and there was some suggestion that their opinion of Matakevich was part of the reason why. Veteran Jon Bostic and others will provide competition, but the second-year player is a real contender to start next to Vince Williams.

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  Eagles | Corey Nelson could be cut    Sat Aug 4, 11:41 AM

Philadelphia Eagles LB Corey Nelson might not make the team's 53-man roster because LBs Kamu Grugier-Hill and Nathan Gerry appear to have leapfrogged him on the depth chart, according to NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks. Nelson had been in the mix earlier this offseason to win the starting weakside linebacker job.

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  Cardinals | Deon Bucannon receives positive MRI results    Fri Aug 3, 07:56 PM

Arizona Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon's (knee) MRI did not show any damage to his anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament or meniscus, according to a source. Bucannon has been diagnosed with a hyperextended knee and a bruised kneecap.

Footballguys view: This is a relief for the Cardinals, who don't have any proven backups at linebacker. We might not see Bucannon again during camp or even the preseason, but assume that he'll be ready for Week 1 against Washington in IDP leagues.

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  Cardinals | Deone Bucannon injured Thursday    Fri Aug 3, 01:47 PM

Arizona Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon (knee) suffered a hyperextended left knee in practice Thursday, Aug. 2, and is set to undergo an MRI on Friday, Aug. 3.

Footballguys view: The Cardinals don't have quality, experienced depth at linebacker, so this could be an impactful injury without a surprise summer from someone like Jeremy Cash. We'll be watching this closely. Haason Reddick and Antoine Bethea would get more tackle opportunities if Bucannon misses significant time.

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  Bills | Ramon Humber struggling early    Wed Aug 1, 06:17 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Ramon Humber has struggled against quicker players in the open field when in pass coverage during the early part of training camp and may be competing with LB Keenan Robinson for a roster spot.

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  Bills | Keenan Robinson working at multiple spots    Wed Aug 1, 06:14 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Keenan Robinson has received snaps at weakside linebacker and middle linebacker since training camp began.

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  Packers | Jake Ryan out for season    Wed Aug 1, 10:21 AM

Updating previous reports, Green Bay Packers LB Jake Ryan (knee) will miss the 2018 season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Footballguys view: Rookie Oren Burks is on the spot now unless the team signs a linebacker. Burks is great in coverage and a safety/linebacker tweener, but might not be as strong against the run. He has lots of appeal in deep IDP dynasty leagues now and could end up on our redraft IDP radar.

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  Packers | Green Bay hurting on defense    Tue Jul 31, 02:15 PM

Green Bay Packers LB Jake Ryan (knee) is still undergoing tests on his knee, but the Packers fear that the injury is serious. Meanwhile, X-rays were negative for S Kentrell Brice (leg), although there is swelling in his injured leg. A timetable will be more clear when the swelling subsides.

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  Lions | Kelvin Sheppard working out for Lions    Tue Jul 31, 10:04 AM

Free-agent LB Kelvin Sheppard (Giants) is working out for the Detroit Lions Tuesday, July 31.

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  Cardinals | Gerald Hodges working out for Cards    Tue Jul 31, 09:49 AM

Free-agent LB Gerald Hodges (Saints) will work out for the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, July 31, according to a source.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall's injury not serious    Mon Jul 30, 03:54 PM

Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (wrist) is OK after sustaining a wrist injury in practice Monday, July 30, according to head coach Vance Joseph.

Footballguys view: The Broncos are just being cautious with their starting linebacker. Marshall could be back on the field soon as the Broncos go to fully padded practices on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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  Steelers | Vince Williams hopes for extension    Mon Jul 30, 02:47 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Vince Williams said he hopes to receive a contract extension at some point but has not started talks with the team at this point. He is entering the final year of his current contract.

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  Packers | Jake Ryan leaves with injury    Mon Jul 30, 02:16 PM

Green Bay Packers LB Jake Ryan (knee) was carted off the field after suffering a knee injury during practice Monday, July 30.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall suffers injury    Mon Jul 30, 01:45 PM

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (wrist) left practice early Monday, July 30, because of a wrist injury.

Footballguys view: Fourth-round pick Josey Jewell would be next up if Marshall is out for a significant period of time.

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  Redskins | Zach Brown back on field    Fri Jul 27, 07:14 PM

Washington Redskins LB Zach Brown (quadriceps) participated in practice Friday, July 27, and said that his leg feels fine.

Footballguys view: Good news for Washington, who signed Brown to a three-year, 24 million dollar contract with ten million guaranteed this offseason.

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  Redskins | Zach Brown day-to-day    Thu Jul 26, 06:13 PM

Washington Redskins LB Zach Brown (quadriceps) suffered a strained quadriceps during practice Thursday, July 26, and is considered day-to-day.

Footballguys view: Brown has struggled to stay healthy at times, so remember the names Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaun Dion Hamilton in deep IDP dynasty leagues.

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  Titans | Will Compton, Rashaan Evans share snaps    Thu Jul 26, 03:17 PM

Tennessee Titans LBs Will Compton and Rashaan Evans split snaps with the first-team defense during practice Thursday, July 26. They are competing for one of the starting inside linebacker jobs.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly good to go    Wed Jul 25, 04:09 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) passed his physical and is ready for training camp.

Footballguys view: He underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason, and the Panthers held him out of offseason work. We could see him eased into action in training camp even though he's fully cleared.

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  49ers | Malcolm Smith on NFI     Wed Jul 25, 02:42 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB Malcolm Smith (leg) was sent to the Non-Football Injury list with a lower leg issue Wednesday, July 25.

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  Bills | Keenan Robinson signs with Bills    Tue Jul 24, 09:48 AM

Free-agent LB Keenan Robinson (Giants) signed an undisclosed contract with the Buffalo Bills Tuesday, July 24.

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  Buccaneers | Kendell Beckwith goes to NFI list    Mon Jul 23, 06:18 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Kendell Beckwith (ankle) will begin training camp on the Non-Football Injury list due to the fractured ankle he suffered in a car accident earlier this offseason.

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  Bears | Danny Trevathan not ready to return    Mon Jul 23, 12:41 PM

Chicago Bears LB Danny Trevathan (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, July 23.

Footballguys view: Trevathan is a proven player in the league but he tends to miss quite a bit of time due to injury. The Bears have emphasized they don't need to rush any of their injured players back, so expect them to take it easy on the veteran linebacker.

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  Bears | Several players miss practice    Sun Jul 22, 06:12 PM

Chicago Bears LB Danny Trevathan (hamstring), LB Aaron Lynch (hamstring), LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (shoulder), CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring) and TE Daniel Brown (ankle) did not participate in practice Sunday, July 22.

Footballguys view: The Bears need Lynch to play a big role as an edge rusher, but he could also end up on the roster bubble if his camp and preseason are torpedoed by injuries. His name is the most worrisome one on this list.

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Danny Trevathan player page
Aaron Lynch player page
Daniel Brown player page


  Bears | Danny Trevathan misses practice    Fri Jul 20, 06:09 PM

Chicago Bears LB Danny Trevathan (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, July 20, because of a hamstring injury.

Footballguys view: Trevathan is a talented but oft-injured veteran linebacker. New Bears head coach Matt Nagy emphasized the team does not need to rush any of their injured players back into action. We'll see if Trevathan can get out there later in training camp as hamstring injuries can linger if not given enough time to properly heal.

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  Titans | Two Titans expected to compete for ILB job    Thu Jul 19, 04:16 PM

Tennessee Titans LBs Will Compton and Rashaan Evans are expected to compete for one of the starting inside linebacker job during training camp.

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  Ravens | No update on extension for C.J. Mosley    Thu Jul 19, 02:10 PM

Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley said there is no new information regarding a possible contract extension for him. He said he is ready to play whether he receives an extension or not.

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  Redskins | Two linebackers should be ready for camp    Mon Jul 16, 01:53 PM

Washington Redskins LB Mason Foster and Zach Brown should be ready for the start of training camp after dealing with season-ending injuries last year.

Footballguys view: A foot injury ended Brown's 2017 season, but he was leading the league in tackles for most of the year before getting shut down. Brown is a tackling machine for Washington and a top-10 ILB for IDP players. Foster missed the majority of 2017 with a torn labrum but was a top-20 linebacker for fantasy owners back in 2016. He's recovering well and we'll see if Foster can regain his form for Washington this season.

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Zach Brown player page


  Saints | A.J. Klein should be ready for camp    Sun Jul 15, 07:59 PM

New Orleans Saints LB A.J. Klein (hernia) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: In his first year with the Saints (2017), Klein only made it through 12 games before getting put on Injured Reserve with this groin injury. The team thought Klein would do more with an increased role but that wasn't the case. Klein struggled in coverage and against the run. He should be a part-time player for the Saints in 2018, getting pulled in subpackages.

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  Seahawks | Bobby Wagner a tackling machine    Sat Jul 7, 10:00 PM

Seattle Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner's 518 tackles over the last four years are the most in the NFL, and since entering the league in 2012, Wagner's 776 tackles are the second most of any player.

Footballguys view: Wagner could set an even higher level of production this year if the Seahawks don't outperform expectations and end up being a losing team.

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  Chargers | Denzel Perryman helps run defense    Thu Jul 5, 03:51 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers held opponents to 117 rushing yards per game last season when LB Denzel Perryman was able to play but allowed 147 yards per game when Perryman was sidelined.

Footballguys view: They need him on the field but he has played less and less since his rookie year in 2015, when he only played 14. If he can stay healthy, his numbers will likely go up, but we just don't feel confident in the former, which means we don't trust the latter will happen.

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  Chargers | Denzel Perryman has struggled with injuries    Thu Jul 5, 03:46 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Denzel Perryman has missed 15 of a possible 48 games since entering the NFL because of various injuries.

Footballguys view: The best ability is availability, and so far Perryman has not had that super-power. When he's on the field, he's a decent run-stuffing inside linebacker, but that's the only real dimension to his game. The Chargers are much better against the run with him than without him, but before we invest too much in him and his low-end LB2 upside, we need to see him on the field consistently.

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  Texans | Zach Cunningham bulks up    Mon Jul 2, 01:04 PM

Houston Texans LB Zach Cunningham has bulked up to 240 pounds this offseason because he believes he could be more physical as a run stopper and blitzer if he is bigger. He reported at 229 pounds last season.

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